Recommended Smartphone Headphones, Earbuds (Updated January 2013)
J5 Rugged Metal In-Ear Earbuds
Building on the bestselling JBuds J4 earbuds, the new JBuds J5 provide the same solid construction and improved sound at an affordable price.
The J5 ear buds feature tangle-free flat cables with kevlar reinforcement. Includes 4 pairs of soft, silicone cushions in XS, S, M, L, as well as a detachable clip for securing the cable.
A bit pricey, but worth every cent if you're an active user, the new Bose SIE2i offers just about everything you could want in a pair of sports headphones. The StayHear tips keep the headphones seated in your ears even when you're running or jumping, while TriPort headphone technology delivers wide-range sound, including deep lows and crisp highs to keep you moving.
And if you should get an incoming call on your phone, the in-line mic and remote lets you answer and end calls. The remote also allows you to control your music playback without having to reach for the phone (iPhone, iPod only).
Sweat and weather-resistant. Includes a Reebok fitness armband. Available in green or orange.
Audio-Technica ATH-M30 Professional Headphones
An excellent choice for professionals and enthusiasts, Audio-Technica's ATH-M30 dynamic stereo headphones offer the highest level of sonic accuracy in a design engineered to provide maximum comfort. The headphones' low-profile, closed-back design provides exceptional clarity and superior isolation in high-volume listening situations.
Features include: neodymium magnet structure; lightweight, adjustable cushioned headband; gold-plated stereo 1/8-inch (3.5 mm) connector with strain relief and screw-on 1/4-inch (6.3 mm) adapter; ultra-flexible 11-foot cable with single-side exit.
Bose IE2 In-Ear Headphones
An update to the years-old Bose In Ear Headphones, the new Bose IE2 audio headphones provide more range and realism than you can achieve with typical earbuds. Re-engineered from the inside out, they feature an enhanced acoustic design that helps music sound smoother and more natural. And its new construction provides a more secure fit and improved durability.
With Bose's proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure, the user gets richer audio performance with more detail in music's high frequencies, and more clarity, even at louder volume levels. Proprietary StayHear silicone tips offer greater in-ear stability during exercise and other active sports.
Includes protective carrying case. Also available with as a headset: check out the Bose MIE2i.